Marlow demonstrated strength in depth to go top of Southern Counties North early in the Season
Preparing for their home game against Stow on the Wold knowing that 6 of the previous weekend’s winning side were unavailable as they attended the marriage of number 8, Will Reynolds, was not ideal but Marlow are showing some early strength in depth this season.
Far from causing disruption to the team, the players that stepped up put on the performance of the season so far.
Man of the match, Alex Spicer put in a towering performance leading the way to establish defence as an offensive weapon.
Despite Stow having a good percentage of possession, Marlow continually harried and tackled them back from the gain line. The first try came from a close quarter ball well worked through the forwards with Toby Yate rumbling over. With ball in hand, Marlow were direct and well organised running in a further 2 tries through Charlie Cotton and Nick Gorham with slick passing and well executed moves from the backs. Full back Christian Witney again demonstrated the threat he poses to any teams that transgress with 2 penalties and 2 conversions to his name in the first half through his significant right boot. The first half ended 25-6 to Marlow with the game virtually out of reach before the turn.
Marlow started the second half against a stiff westerly breeze as a resurgent Stow looked to reduce the deficit. Despite good possession and a number of close quarter opportunities for the opposition, Marlow’s defence was rock solid. With 15 minutes to go and with the Stow pack slowing, Jacob Buckle burst over the line to claim the bonus point try.
3 try bonus wins out of 3 for Marlow and they sit proudly top of the table.
Saturday 5th October - Marlow 1st XV travel to Wallingford who have won 2 and lost 1 game so far this year.
The next home game should be a cracker - Saturday 12th October against the fellow unbeaten Witney.